Odell injured in preseason loss to Browns.
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr suffered an ankle sprain in last night's 10-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns after a low hit from Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, which drew some criticism from around the league. The hit was legal and Odell was able to walk off the field under his own power, but he did not return to the game as a precaution.
Cameras followed Odell into the locker room after he walked off the field and as soon as he got into the tunnel near the locker room he dropped to his knees.
Check out the footage below.
Considering the way the hit looked in real time, Giants fans should breath a sigh of relief that Odell only sprained his ankle. After the game reporters asked Odell if he thought he would be ready for the season opener in against the Dallas Cowboys on September 10th.
He didn't seem too worried. Per ESPN,
"I don't know. I'm pretty concerned," he said with a smile, "but I think I'll be all right."
As for the hit that sent him to the locker room, Beckham said it was "just football."
However, Giants safety Landon Collins felt the hit was wrong, and he let Briean Boddy-Calhoun know about it.
"I said he was wrong for what he did,'' Collins said after the game. "He said, 'It is what it is.'
"I'm gonna say it just like this, I couldn't have a teammate next to me playing that way. I can't condone it. It's nothing I seek. He had the opportunity to go out and make a different route. That's how I feel about it. ... It's not a penalty, but everybody knows, that's something you don't do."
Odell Beckham's longtime friend and college teammate, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, also weighed in immediately after the hit, tweeting, "This is why I hate preseason Bullshit...." Other players also criticized the hit saying even if it was a legal play, it was still a "cheap shot."
Check out some more of the reactions from around the NFL, below.